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By Joe Romm on October 9, 2011 at am

GE May Lease Vehicle Batteries for Cars, Used Batteries May Get Life Storing Power for


General Electric Co may costly vehicle batteries to buyers, joining other looking to get more people to buy automobiles.

The largest U.S. is just at the thinking stage of a move, said Mark head of GE s research and development on Friday at an event at Nissan Co s (7201.T) research center Detroit .

A battery leasing is a venture that could GE to show off its range of businesses, its industrial core which be influential in manufacturing the batteries, to its GE finance arm which could the leasing.

This could be a strategy for keeping down the cost of electric cars.  is one of the biggest barriers to entry for any fuel vehicle, but especially since batteries can add considerable upfront and take many to pay for themselves.

Indeed, batteries continue to down in price, and  the global economy continues to oil prices down.  In a decade, will be considerably more but  the key is to jumpstart the market now so you can getting economies of scale and down the learning curve

A key this strategy may be viable is there is likely to be a large for these batteries.

After in eight to 10 years powering a recommissioned batteries from Motor Co. s electric Volt could be used by utilities to backup electric storage for the the company says.

GM and electric company ABB Group have working together since of last year under a research and development agreement the reuse of vehicle batteries for power use. Alongside a this week in Raleigh, the groups shared their in moving the concept from to pilot testing .

The automaker and ABB s RD partnership is focused on the used batteries to work in where they can provide energy storage for the grid, to hold wind or solar during periods of low electric for use later or to provide backup in case of a grid disruption.

said a group of 50 homes be powered through 33 used batteries, with enough capacity to keep them all for about four hours. In a likely scenario based on talks with utilities, he batteries would be sold or on behalf of utilities in configurations of to 10 units wired together, they would serve groups of houses or commercial with 25 to 75 kilowatt-hours of storage.

is an energy solution that beyond the road, he said. is in the realm of new storage solutions are out there.

I have discussed strategy with a number of experts inside and outside the industry.  Many  believe indeed there will be a aftermarket for the batteries.

This could create a leasing strategy,  particularly in the years when it is most Ultimately, there may  be too many electric cars for strategy, but  is difficult to see happening until well the 2020s.

In fact, the idea of batteries for backup power is not a new but the economics of the proposition improve when gently used available on a large scale are in.

Valencia said the batteries be removed from vehicles, and recommissioned for the secondary market and likely be warranted for 15 years of use, reflecting utilities as well as the electrochemical reality of the equipment.

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The batteries are well-suited to type of reuse, he said, their performance drops in the early part of their cycle and then remains steady and predictable for the rest of useful life, making it simple to predict their by the time they hit the reuse

Valencia said the batteries use for grid power would not in or out a similar use as a vehicle-to-grid electricity while still housed in the

Many stakeholders have to the potential for electric vehicles to power back to the grid they are plugged in during the as a means to smooth the demand for generation.

Valencia said about power metering and figure largely in that and have yet to be worked out. different utilities and locales such issues differently. If we as a see [vehicle-to-grid applications] as crucial we ll do Valencia said.

In the meantime, at the reuse of batteries after vehicle stage is a way to sidestep challenges and the questions surrounding how to a battery that is cycling in the vehicle and on the grid and work up the curve .

Reuse of electric vehicle is not only practical from a and technology perspective, but it would keep them out of landfills or shops, GM officials acknowledged.

Pam GM s chief engineer for Volt and hybrid electric powertrains, the company is not yet ready to talk the environmental considerations in landfilling or the Volt batteries. This is about doing the right thing, she insisted. Today, we re on repurposing. In the future, we ll talk recycling.

The engineers say the repurposing is still in the early stages, a highlight being the use of factory components for both the batteries and for the and other, related equipment from ABB, rather purpose-built testing materials a lab.

Finalizing configurations and reliability data will years more development and to satisfy potential customers, say. But that could well with the timeline in the idea the first Volt are likely to start retiring years from now, and said the groups work hit prime time around

Murray Jones, vice of global e-mobility at ABB, state, local and federal have so far been supportive of vehicle charging infrastructure and of the of reuse envisioned here. The welcome policy frameworks can incentivize the adoption of battery he said, and strategies like to address the chicken-egg questions always come up with new

This could be a key strategy for the electric vehicle market.

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